Apple today released its long-awaited diversity report, thereby granting the outside world a better look at the race and sex percentages for its many employees. Considering the perceived dominance of white males in the tech industry, the numbers are actually rather impressive.
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake tore through China's Yunnan province earlier this week, leaving roughly 600 people dead and destroying around 22,550 homes. In response, a report from the state-owned China Radio International says, Apple has donated around 10 million yuan (about $1.6 million) to assist with the relief efforts.
Disappointed that you don't have the funds to spend a small fortune on a lunch date with Apple CEO Tim Cook? Never fear: you might be able to acquire some of the most unintentionally humorous items from Apple's history through a current eBay auction. The pieces in questions are the business card, shirt, and lanyard of former Apple employee Sam Sung — and any follower of Apple news shouldn't have a hard time guessing why it'd make a fun acquisition.
Like it or not, Apple's acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics is at last official. Apple today updated its website to host a page welcoming Beats and co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to the family. It's the final step in the process of a long process that started with a rumor back in May and culminated in a whopping $3 billion acquisition—Apple's largest takeover of another company to date.
The next time you download an Apple software update for OS X, expect it to run a little more smoothly. Segments of Apple's long-awaited content delivery system are apparently live at last in the U.S. and Europe, and the new service will allow the Cupertino company to delivery content updates and related downloads more easily.
Apple users have long waited for the day when the Cupertino company would start providing iPhone 5s screen replacements inside its retail stores, and evidently that day is Monday. Unfortunately, as with so many things from the folks in Cupertino, it won't come cheap.
There may be spec bumps and price drops on the MacBook Pros just out at the Apple Store, but it's never a bad time to look into Apple-certified refurbs. Clean, reliable, and cheaper than what you'd pay for the very latest processor upgrade, it's a great way to save a ton of cash. And if you're looking for the cheapest Mac around, we think we have you covered in our Really Darn Cheap segment.
If the current events in Russia weren't tense enough, the homeland of Vladimir Putin has now asked Apple to hand over its source codes for iOS devices and Macs so it can sift through them and see if they're being used for spying. This surfaced earlier this week when Peter Engrob Nielsen, Apple's chief representative in Russia, met with Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.
Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. On the plus side, research firm IDC (via MacRumors) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.